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IGX confirms Airmen's readiness to fight

by 1st Lt. Erin Dorrance
6th Air Mobility Wing public affairs
Photo by Senior Airman Mandy Johnson

Col. Brian Kelly, IGX commander, and Col. Roy Uptegraff, IGX vice commander, pump up IGX players.

Exploding mortars, deadly chemicals, sniper fire and runway damage were all scenarios thrown at MacDill members during the Inspector General Exercise July 26 through Aug. 1 at Alpena, Mich.

MacDill joined 26 other Air Force active, Guard and Reserve units, which included more than 900 people, to be evaluated through the IGX.

IGX members trained hard for the inspection through base exercises and a preparation exercise at Volk Field, Wis., said Col. Brian Kelly, IGX commander.

"Our world-class training paid off because we were ready to take on a war with chemical and conventional attacks, while still accomplishing our jobs," he said.

Not only were people on the ground doing their jobs, 12 sorties launched during the exercise, including three KC-135R aerial refuelers from MacDill, three more from the McConnell Associate Reserve, and three C-5 Galaxy cargo aircraft from Travis Air Force Base, Calif.

"In war, it is crucial to keep flying airplanes to carry out the mission and that is exactly what we did," he said. "The results from the exercise were excellent and the Air Mobility Command IG, Brig. Gen. Mark Zamzow, actually said we dazzled them, setting a number of benchmarks," said Colonel Kelly. "General Zamzow was particularly complementary of the 6th Air Mobility Wing for stepping up as the lead unit."




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